Author – Bob Miller
Genre – Mystery Thriller
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 6/5/16
The genre is listed as Mystery and Thriller but it also has a strong science fiction element throughout.
Michael Shale is a man in his mid-thirties who has the size and appearance of a twelve year old.
A powerful sitting US Senator heads a corrupt secret group within the FBI that captures Michael and holds him to draw samples from his body. Of course it's done under the auspicious of national security.
The evil side of the Senator's involvement is his personal craving for a fountain of youth elixir to keep him at his present age so he can remain in office for an extended period of time. Other implications are to create an army of super soldiers who would remain in their prime fighting condition for many decades.
The story evolves as Michael escapes his imprisonment and begins a journey involving numerous identity changes while he hides in plain sight. While hiding he also leaves subtle clues for his normally ageing twin brother to locate him.
The editing and sentence structure in The Smart Kid are unusually good.
Character development is through and detailed.
There are adequate details of locations etc., but they are not flowery or excessive.
The core of the plot depends on science fiction and provides constant conflict and danger.
The writing style is straight forward and uncluttered.
There is minor occasional cursing and no graphic sex.
Toward the end there are several scenes I felt were somewhat contrived to make the ending mesh, but I was able to overlook those.
I enjoyed this story immensely but won't give more details at the risk of revealing too much.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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